Al turns onto my brother’s circular driveway with ease and plenty of room to spare. Within minutes we’re plugged in and have the RV set up. It’s lunch time. While I whip us up a couple of sandwiches, Al raises the blinds and opens some windows. He comments, “Wow, Ingrid. Check out these views”. We have some pretty darn good views of Grand Junction’s Bookcliff mountains. Great views, great price, great company…..brother and sister-in-law may regret extending the invitation for us to stay in their driveway for the week.
With lunch complete, Al’s off to run some errands while I contemplate a blog post…..
As I sit in my comfy chair in the RV staring out the window…..actually admiring the view. I have my laptop on my lap. I think about the past week. We enjoyed plenty of hiking and exploring. The weather wasn’t always agreeable but we managed. I review our time spent camped at Ridgway State Park. What exactly is it about this place that we’re drawn to? Probably the location….the location is awesome;
- The town of Montrose is only twenty minutes to the north providing us with a large grocery store, Wal-Mart, Target, and more. To the south are the towns of Ridgway five minutes away and lovely Ouray just another 10.
- Plenty of hiking trails out our front door with plenty more a short drive away
- Views…..beautiful Colorado scenery in all directions
- Exploring…..abundant amount of ghost towns, old mines, and 4×4 roads
- A lake for kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, and more
As I compose this list, the word ‘hiking’ jumps off the page….it makes me smile. It feels great to be back out hiking again. For about a three year period, hubby and I were confronted with some difficult times that left us physically and emotionally exhausted. Perhaps one day I’ll share. For now, let me just say, exercising took a back seat.
Our first two months on the road, hubby and I focused on recovering. Recovering not only from the events of the past 3 years but the physical move from a sticks n bricks house into a RV. Our decision to go full-time wasn’t planned over a long period of time. It just kind of evolved naturally over a few months and on a whim. And then the house sold in 48 hours. Yikes, we went into overdrive. Exhausting to say the least.
I can honestly say, hubby and I are feeling more like ourselves than we have in a very long time. We’re back in hiking mode and feeling better for it. We started our hiking endeavor off slow by taking the “nature trail” at Ridgway State Park. It’s more of an interpretative trail with plaques describing plants, geological items, and an authentic tee pee.
And from there….. as Emeril would say, we took it up a notch. The hiking got longer and more challenging. Sometimes we would hike an hour in the morning and another hour in the evening or we’d hike two hours in the morning, aware weather was approaching later in the day. One way or the other, we found ourselves out on the trails every day. Yep, the paws have been hurting, but in a good way.
From the Pandora Mill to the falls is a 1.8 mile distance with a 1200 foot elevation gain. At the top of the falls is a restored house/power plant that provides 25 percent of Telluride’s demand for electricity. Bridal Veil Falls is the tallest free falling fallings in the state of Colorado; 365 feet in length.
The hike took Al and me approximately two hours round trip. Elevation around 10,000 feet.
Al and I felt great after completing this hike. It had been the longest and most challenging to that point.
We drive back into the town of Telluride, park the car, and walk the main street looking for a place for lunch. We enjoyed a great burger at Flora Dora’s Saloon. Always on the lookout for cute T-shirts, after lunch Al asks if I’d like to browse the shops a bit. “Sure I’d like to, but these paws are telling me otherwise”. Time to head back to camp and tackle another hike tomorrow.